"Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." Orison Swett Marden

Why courage is necessary to really live

I am always amazed at this man's wisdom . . . . "Adversity introduces a man to himself." Albert Einstein

The importance of adversity

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir

Why are play and nature important?

"Be kind whenever possible . . . . and it is always possible." The Dali Lama

The possibilities of our actions

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change an enemy to a friend …

I love this perspective from Rob Brezsny!! It covers so much important territory..... "The DSM-V is the manual of psychology that classifies human personality disorders. The book 'Character Strengths and Virtues' is an alternative to the DSM-V. It is a text that defines human virtues and strengths that have been recognized by many different cultures for 2500 years." COURAGE: Bravery, Persistence, Integrity, Vitality. HUMANITY: Love, Kindness, Social Intelligence. JUSTICE: Citizenship, Fairness, Leadership. TEMPERANCE: Forgiveness, Humility, Prudence, Self-Regulation. TRANSCENDENCE: Appreciation of Beauty, Gratitude, Hope for the Future, Humor, Spirituality.

What are positive human virtues?

As a happy, life-long learner, these words really spoke to me. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi

Life long learning is a gift

This quote certainly gives my trials and tribulations greater meaning . . . . "One does not become fully human painlessly." John Green

The value of learning and meaning

"Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in — the one that we think is reality." Alan Kay

What is creativity?

I just saw this quote and thought, what a great perspective! "We live in a friendly universe, which means that everything that happens, happens for you and never against you. If it feels good, it's here to support you and if it doesn't feel good, it's here to make you grow. No matter what it is, it's always a good thing and it's always a gift." Jesse Koren

Learning as a constant gift